Sunday, July 12, 2009

Latest painting (which is yet to be named)

Hello everyone,

Thank you for clicking through. Below is my latest painting inspired by a turtle lamp my boyfriend gave me for Christmas.

20'' x 20''
Acrylic on Stretched Canvas

A title for it hasn't come to me yet but I'll update this post whenever it does. The turtle lamp has a painted glass shell that illuminates when turned on. A real beauty. For this painting I wanted to create the shape of a turtle without using the outline of one. This painting took some time to complete as I was continuing to figure out how I wanted it to evolve. The end result wasn't as clear as with some other paintings I've done. During its evolution, I added blue lines flowing through the turtle's body. I interpret them as making up the turtle's life steam or internal wiring, an essential part of its being. That brings up (for me) images of newly hatched turtles making their way to the nearest source of water as fast as they can. Water encourages it to move since it would die if it stayed still.

Not to relate the water in the turtle to the blood within us but I like to think that we all have something external that brings life to us, something on the outside that sets off a spark within us. For me that is art (painting or drawing). I don't feel complete when I haven't done something artistic in sometime (have been there and it ends up draining other parts of my life). Perhaps you have discovered what creates that spark within you?

If you chose to share your thoughts with me, feel free to send me an email at or leave a comment on this post. Enjoy your day.


1 comment:

  1. First, let me say your boyfriend made a great choice of a gift. Something simple like a lamp, but also beautiful and thought provoking.

    That said, I love the painting. Never saw a turtle coming, but it's still cool nevertheless!

    I also see another link between turtles and life itself. Some turtles seem to have an incredibly long lifespan -- assuming the predators don't make a meal out of them before they make it to sea as babies. (Saw it on a nature show where birds swooped in and had a buffet at the expense of newly hatched turtles. Quite disturbing.)

    I can definitely relate to the painting on a personal level as well. My "life spark" is a combination of writing and helping others. Without writing, I wouldn't be able to express my thoughts. Without helping others, I'd be a complete fraud as a person.